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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals® API Freshwater/Saltwater Ammonia Test Kit, Test kit of 130 tests

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals® API Freshwater/Saltwater Ammonia Test Kit, Test kit of 130 tests

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Aquarium Pharmaceuticals® API Freshwater/Saltwater Ammonia Test Kit, Test kit of 130 tests Information

In nature, when animals and plants secrete wastes, bacteria break them down so fast that toxic materials such as ammonia will not have time to form. However, in a fish tank, especially for new ones, ammonia can multiply quickly because not enough good bacteria exist to break down the wastes.

Ammonia is a toxic substance to fish. It makes them have a hard time breathing, which makes their gills overworked, which then results to damage to their respiratory system. When ammonia overtakes an aquarium, parasitic algae will form too. In the end, your fish will have breathing problems and parasites sucking the life out of them. That's not where you want your aquarium to end up in.

Luckily, ammonia levels can be monitored easily so that you'll know right away if your aquarium is in danger. The Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater/Saltwater Ammonia Test Kit from Pet Store is simple and easy to use -- and quite affordable, too. Each kit has two bottles of test solutions. To test the ammonia level of your aquarium, simply get a test tube, add 5ml of tank water, then add eight drops of each solution to the test tube. After five minutes, a color will appear in the tube. Using the accompanying color chart, you can determine the level of ammonia in your aquarium.

The Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater/Saltwater Ammonia Test Kit can be used for 130 tests. It gives accurate readings for both saltwater and freshwater tanks.

Salicylate test measures ammonia levels in both fresh & saltwater aquariums. Ammonia, the #1 killer of tropical fish, is continually produced in the aquarium from fish waste & uneaten fish food. Tests ammonia levels from 0 to 8 ppm. Test kit of 110 tests.

Why test for Ammonia?
Tropical fish continually release ammonia (NH3) directly into the aquarium through their gills, urine, and solid waste. Uneaten food and other decaying organic matter also add ammonia to the water. A natural mechanism exists that controls ammonia in the aquarium – the biological filter. It is made up of nitrifying bacteria, which live in the gravel bed. However, as with any natural process, imbalances can occur. Testing for the presence of toxic ammonia is essential, so that once detected, steps can be taken to remove it. Otherwise, ammonia in the aquarium will damage gill membranes, and prevent fish from carrying on normal respiration. High levels of ammonia quickly lead to fish death. Even trace amounts stress fish, suppressing their immune system and thereby increasing the likelihood of disease outbreaks and subsequent fish loss.

Testing Tips:
This salicylate based ammonia test kit reads the total ammonia level in parts per million (ppm) which are equivalent to milligrams per Liter (mg/L) from 0 ppm to 8.0 ppm (mg/L), in either fresh or saltwater aquariums. Thus, there are two Ammonia Test Color Charts — one for freshwater aquariums, and one for saltwater aquariums — so be sure to use the correct chart for your type of aquarium when interpreting test results. The Freshwater Ammonia Test Color Chart is the appropriate chart to use for testing freshwater aquariums to which salt has been added.

Directions for Testing Ammonia Levels
  • Read thoroughly before testing. Do not allow Test Solutions to get into aquarium.
  • To remove childproof safety cap: With one hand, push red tab left with thumb while unscrewing cap with free hand.
    • Fill a clean test tube with 5 ml of water to be tested (to the line on the tube).
    • Add 8 drops from Ammonia Test Solution Bottle #1, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
    • Add 8 drops from Ammonia Test Solution Bottle #2, holding the dropper bottle upside down in a completely vertical position to assure uniformity of drops added to the water sample.
    • Cap the test tube and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Do not hold finger over the open end of the tube, as this may affect the test results.
    • Wait 5 minutes for the color to develop.
    • Read the test results by matching the test solution against the Ammonia Test Color Chart. The tube should be viewed against the white area beside the color chart. Color comparisons are best made in a well-lit area. The closest match indicates the ppm (mg/L) of ammonia in the water sample. Rinse the test tube with clean water after each use.
What the Test Results Mean:
In a new freshwater or saltwater aquarium, the ammonia level may surge to 6 ppm (mg/L) or more, and then fall rapidly as the biological filter becomes established. The ammonia will be converted to nitrite (also toxic), then to nitrate. This process may take several weeks. Use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals STRESS ZYME® to speed up the development of the biological filter. In an established aquarium, the ammonia level should always remain at 0 ppm (mg/L). The presence of ammonia indicates possible over-feeding, too many fish, or inadequate biological filtration.

The ammonia level is not an indication of the nitrite level; nitrite is another toxic waste material which must be tested separately.

Monitoring Ammonia Levels:
Regular testing is necessary to make sure the ammonia level is safe. Aquarium water should be tested for ammonia every other day when the aquarium is first set up, and

Manufacturer Info

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarium Supplies
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) has been helping people take good care of ornamental fish for over 40 years. Their research and development scientists have advanced the care of fish with all-natural medications, stable bacteria for biological filtration, one-bottle test kits, consumer-friendly dosing caps and much more. They’ve received over 25 global patents for their breakthrough innovations in the aquatics industry. And they continue to look for ways to improve the fishkeeping experience for hobbyists. Research. Experience. Dedication to scientific, quality treatment for healthy fish. It’s what makes API the first choice of aquarium owners. API manufactures and sells hundreds of products across many different product categories, including aquarium and pond treatments, aquarium equipment, aquariums and fish nutrition.

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals® API Freshwater/Saltwater Ammonia Test Kit, Test kit of 130 tests Reviews

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A must have!!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 7/24/2012 from MANCHESTER, TN UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: This is the best ammonia test out there in my experience. Takes only 5 minutes to read and is at great price!! I will always use this brand.

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One of the best ammonia kits

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 12/28/2010 from Vermont
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: This is another excellent product from Aqua. Pharm. Accuracy is very good ... within my ability to determine color differences. It benchmarked well against an ASTM method and within the limits of such a simple method for determining ammonia/ammonium for this type of method. Long term stability of the reagents appears to be very good (I've got the same kit only it is three years old...both agree with test values). Much better than paper strips and cheaper per test!

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Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 8/31/2009 from SAN JOSE, CA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner

Comments: Good easy to use and easy to read. Adequate for beginners

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Seems to be accurate

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 4/3/2008 from SANTEE, CA
4.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner

Comments: Tested with both fresh water and saltwater @ 1.023 SG. API always seemed to closely match test results of saltwater using Aquarium Systems' test kit with powder packets. The clear test sample always developes globule-like clouds when testing saltwater. Whereas, it is clear with freshwater. Makes me suspect all is not right with the test. But it may be normal. Yet the results seems to match the other brand. Test kit comes with separate color charts for fresh/salt water. I didn't put 5 stars because I'm a beginner and don't have enough experience with various test kits to call this excellent. Test results take 5 minutes, whereas Aquarium Systems' test takes 15-20 minutes to develope. I prefer working with API's drops out of bottles to Aquarium Systems' powder packets. Easier to spill grains of powder.

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Excellent, definitely works

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 10/21/2007 from Texas
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: This test works very well. It's easy to use, very fast, and not only much more accurate than test strips, but much less expensive per test. As far as the other reviewer, possibly the person did not perform the test correctly or had an old, expired test kit. This is the very same test kit that comes with the full Freshwater Master Test Kit which is very highly recommended by those in the business and by those in online forums. This test is an absolute must have, especially when starting a new, uncycled aquarium.

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Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

Posted: 8/8/2007 from PRINCETON, MA UNITED STATES
1.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I got this test kit for my reef, and every time i tested the ammonia it tested 0 (good right?) wrong i come to find out my ammonia levels were high, thanks to one of my friends that had a seachem test kit. so i went home and experimented. i put one ml of windex( has ammonia in it) in the test tube and the rest salt water, still tested 0. Do not get this product i reccomend seachem!!

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